9OYS Wants to Know
Arizona lawmaker kills bill known as "Genna's Law"
The law aimed to give police the ability to administer sobriety tests after accidental shootings, but now that bill is dead, at least for now. Video by kgun9.comvideo
Rep. Eddie Farnsworth heads the Judiciary Committee in the Arizona House. He did not allow a hearing on this bil.
Rep. Bruce Wheeler is one of several sponsors of HB 2631. He vows to continue the fight to make this law.
Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - House Bill 2631, known as 'Genna's Law' was drafted and introduced to the Arizona House Monday. From there, it was up to Rep. Eddie Farnsworth whether the bill would make it any farther.
"We're just asking that Eddie Farnsworth take a look and give it a chance," said Eileen Majeski, Genna's aunt.
Genna's family and friends wrote Farnsworth asking for just that, a chance. Tucson's City Council also voiced their support of the bill.
"What do you hope happens in Phoenix? asked 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito. Councilman Paul Cunningham replied, "I hope they consider the bill in a hearing."
So starting Tuesday, 9OYS tried repeatedly to get a hold of Farnsworth. Our calls were not returned, until we got word late Thursday night, from the man who sponsored the bill Rep. Bruce Wheeler, that the bill was dead. Farnsworth would not grant a hearing.
"Rep. Farnsworth has always been fair, but on this one, I just respectfully disagree with his decision," said Wheeler.
The scrapped bi-partisan bill would have allowed law enforcement to take blood alcohol or breathalyzer tests in the event of accidental shootings. It would make accidental shootings done while intoxicated easier to prosecute. Had a law like that been in place, it would have applied to Genna's shooter, who could very well have faced prosecution.
"It should be on the books," said Wheeler. "It's incredible that it's not."
And that's something Genna's family was and is still counting on.
"What does this law mean to your family? asked Benito. "It'll mean a lot to us because we'll have something to remember Genna by, something that's positive," replied Majeski. "There isn't a day that goes by where I don't cry."
So 9OYS wanted to know what happens next? Is this the end of the road? Will HB 2631 ever really become Genna's law.
"We've only just begun to fight," said Wheeler. "I think we will get this, we deserve this to Genna and her family."
If you want to share your thoughts, in support or against HB 2631, you can contact Rep. Farnsworth's office at (602) 926-5735 or via email at email@example.com.
Wheeler tells 9OYS he plans to reintroduce the bill next session. In the meantime, he hopes to bring Genna's family up to Phoenix to meet with Farnsworth in person.